Oscars so Abled? The Overwhelming Frequency of Non-disabled Actors Portraying Disabled Characters

Ever since Dustin Hoffman won the Oscar for Best Actor playing Rain Man, half of Best Actor Oscars have been won by men playing characters with significant disability. The 2018 Academy Awards have recently graced our screens; including Eddie Redmayne’s Oscar-winning performance last year in The Theory of Everything as motor neurone disease (MND) sufferer […]

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Zootropolis: The Difficulty of Using Animals as an Analogy for Race

If you’ve heard anything about Zootropolis (Zootopia in the U.S.), you’ve probably heard how ‘timely’ it is. In the wake of #BlackLivesMatter, Disney has released a kid-friendly film addressing racial profiling, pseudo-scientific racism and other issues of racial – or ‘species-ist’ – bias. Although I’m not sure what these critics would call an ‘untimely’ time […]

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The Rhodes statue – it’s all about location

It finally happened. Following months of protests, comment articles, arguments and counterarguments, the debate over the Oriel Rhodes statue has burst free from the Oxford bubble. For the first time the opinions of politicians and the public have entered into the limelight of this discussion. Yet amidst the debate’s new national, and even international, platform, […]

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Corpus tortoise fair gets fast and furious

Corpus Tortoise Fair witnessed a tortoise-on-tortoise “assault” this Sunday.  The Corpus’ tortoise’s misdemeanour against the Regent’s contender disqualified it from the race. Emmanuelle, who recently celebrated her 111st birthday, remained unharmed. She was later spotted celebrating with her fanbase.  The race champion was past winner Zoom, of Worcester College. Closely behind was Shelley, also Worcester, […]

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